Lawmaker introduces bill to legalize sale of consumer fireworks in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Chapin Rose has introduced legislation that would allow businesses in Illinois to legally sell "consumer" fireworks, such as rockets and Roman candles.

The measure was introduced by Rose on Friday.  According to Rose, nearly $10 million in revenue could be generated each year by collecting taxes on the sale of fireworks.

Rose says while driving through Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin last summer, he saw several signs near Illinois' borders that advertised the sale of fireworks.  He also says he found that several cars parked at the establishments that were being advertised had Illinois license plates.

A report from a Consumer Products Safety Commission found that Illinois is among 10 states in the nation that forbids the sale of consumer fireworks.  However, state laws currently allow for the sale of sparklers and other novelties.

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